Funding for a PhD

LUMS Scholarships

A small number of LUMS Studentships will also be available which include a fee waiver and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per annum. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Doctoral Studentship on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement) so that they can automatically be considered: there are no separate studentship application forms.

These studentships will be available for all the PhD programmes offered by LUMS and for students of any nationality. Awards will be allocated on a competitive basis, which is intended to support promising researchers to undertake their PhD studies in LUMS. Students receiving these studentships will be required to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities.

Eligibility: all students

Deadline for applications: 28 March 2022. Please note if you are planning to apply for an ESRC award the deadline for this is 1 February 2022.

Investors in Excellence Doctoral Scholarships

Three full-time LUMS Studentships commencing in October 2022 will be available which include a fee waiver and a stipend in line with ESRC studentship awards (approximately £15,000 per annum).

These are funded by our global alumni under the Investors in Excellence scheme or research proposals that align with our responsible research agenda and that will enhance the research reputation of the School. Research proposals should address any aspect of the UN sustainable development goals, although we are particularly interested in topics relating to sustainability, social justice and innovation in place.

Eligibility: Home and EU students.

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2021.

Contact details: For more information contact Sarah Patterson or Matthew Watson by email at:

ESRC Awards

Lancaster University forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), which offers a large number of studentships covering tuition and providing a living allowance. Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWSSDTP are available on the NWSSDTP website.

Eligibility: All students (The University will fund the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fee for any successful overseas applicants).

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Studentship, please contact Sarah Patterson.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious awards and are very valuable for international students. They are available on a competitive basis.

Eligibility: overseas students

Departmental Scholarships